Northern California February 27, 2019
9 Undeniable Reasons To Visit The Oldest And Longest Covered Bridge In Northern California
Outdoor adventures are definitely abundant in Northern California. In fact, it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing which adventure you’d like to pursue next. If you’ve been struggling to decide on your next adventure destination, look no further than the oldest and longest covered bridge in all of Northern California: the Historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge. We compiled nine undeniable reasons why you should consider planning a visit here soon. However, you won’t need any more convincing after you see the pictures of this stunning landmark.
1. It's the longest covered single-span wooden bridge in the
At 230-feet long, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is the longest in existence. New York's Old Blenheim Bridge previously held this title, but it was destroyed in 2011.
2. It's the oldest covered bridge in California.
The bridge was built in 1862, making it the oldest in Northern California. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and it is also considered a California Registered Historical Landmark. It's pretty amazing to think this man-made beauty has survived for so long!
3. It's about to get a huge facelift.
Supporters of the bridge and the Save Our Bridge Committee has been fighting to restore this stunning old bridge for years. It's finally happening. State funds were given toward's the bridge's restoration in 2014 but quickly ran out. Now, it's finally been given the sum needed to complete restoration. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by the end of 2019.
4. The views of the South Yuba River are breathtaking.
The South Yuba River flowing underneath the historic bridge is a picturesque scene that you won't soon forget. The river's tranquil waters are the perfect companion to the awe-inspiring beauty of the covered bridge.
5. The surrounding area boasts amazing recreation opportunities.
Once you're done checking out the bridge, you'll find that there are all sorts of things to explore around the surrounding area. Hiking trails, beaches, swimming holes, and even a historic cemetery can all be found nearby.
6. It's surrounded by outstanding historical landmarks.
The bridge isn't the only historic landmark hiding out in this region. A historic barn can also be found within the park. Constructed in the early 1860s in the classic Dutch style, this barn is also brimming with history and you'll definitely want to check it out.
7. The bridge's history is utterly fascinating.
There's a reason why so many people have worked hard to keep this bridge alive. It's because it represents a fascinating part of California history. The bridge was originally built as part of the Virginia Turnpike Company Toll Road and it was an important link in hauling freight between San Francisco and Virginia City, Nevada.
8. There's a TON to explore at South Yuba River State Park.
South Yuba River State Park is a destination in itself. Steeped in fascinating cultural history, fantastic geologic attractions, and all sorts of plants and wildlife, the park is an idyllic destination that just can't be beat.
9. The town of Bridgeport is too charming for words.
Afterward, you'll definitely want to stop into the town of Bridgeport. Home to just 575 residents, this is the type of small town that is just bursting with charm. Home to quaint boutiques, old-fashioned restaurants, and plenty of recreational opportunities, there's something for everyone in this delightful community.
Have you had the pleasure of seeing Northern California’s oldest and longest covered bridge yet? This bridge is definitely beautiful. For more gorgeous destinations like this one, check out our list of
13 Amazing Bridges In Northern California.